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News round-up / Extra sailings, Cooke backs athletes, sexual health clinic cancelled

NORTHLINK is laying on additional sailings to Orkney to help travellers to the Junior Inter County athletics competition this weekend (1 and 2 June).

The extra sailings are from Aberdeen to Kirkwall on Friday 31 May and from Lerwick to Kirkwall on Sunday 2 June.

The annual event sees over 200 young athletes from across the Northern Isles compete in a series of sports including netball, swimming, athletics, hockey and football for the coveted Stuart Cup.

According to NorthLink the extra sailings will not only allow the young competitors to reach the sporting event but will also provide an opportunity for holidaymakers to spend the weekend in Orkney.

The sailings are in addition to the regular Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall sailings on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and the Lerwick to Aberdeen via Kirkwall sailing on Friday.

Serco’s customer service director Seumas Campbell said: “We are always very pleased to be supporting the Junior Inter County, which is a key event in the calendar for both Orkney and Shetland but are also excited to provide this great opportunity for visitors to make the most of a weekend in Orkney.

“We wish both the Orkney and Shetland teams the best of luck in this year’s competition and hope visitors enjoy a weekend getaway in the Northern Isles.”

The annual Junior Inter County teams are two of those supported by the NorthLink Ferries sponsorship programme, which helps a wide range of community groups, schools and individuals as they travel to and from Orkney and Shetland.


Left to right: David Brown, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s Area Manager for Shetland with Team Shetland swimmers Mark Hutcheon, Lauren Sandison, Natasha Anderson and Luke Malcolmson. Photo: SIGA

LEADING salmon producer Cooke Aquaculture Scotland is backing Shetland at the 2019 NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar in July.

Team Shetland will boast an 87-strong team of competitors and officials competing in nine sports.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has provided £10,000 to assist with the costs of travel and accommodation for the team through its community sponsorship scheme.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s Chris Duncan said: “Supporting the communities in which we operate is at the heart of what we do and we’re proud to sponsor the Shetland squad for the Island Games through our community sponsorship scheme. We’re delighted to be able to support Team Shetland and wish the very best of luck to all local athletes competing in Gibraltar.”

Shetland Island Games Association vice chairwoman Lesley Hutchison added: “We’re pleased to have Cooke Aquaculture on board as an associate sponsor. Their financial contribution will reduce the cost of representing Shetland at this year’s Games in Gibraltar and we’re grateful for their support.”


NHS Shetland has cancelled its sexual health clinic on June 17. According to the NHS, the clinic at Gilbert Bain Hospital will continue as normal the following Monday.